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  • Somatic Therapy

    Somatic Therapy

    “Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.” 

    Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma


    At Mind Body Co-op our licensed psychotherapists and certified movement therapists share a common goal for our clients:  To feel more at home in the mind and body. 

    As a team, the psychotherapists and somatic practitioners collaborate to help clients gain a better understanding of their mind-body connection in a safe, therapeutic environment. With a stronger, more stable physical foundation, emotional and intellectual expressions become richer. 

    Our Somatic Practitioners support you in managing and overcoming:

    • Addiction
    • Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families (ACOA)
    • Anxiety
    • Body Dysmorphia
    • Cancer, Chemotherapy and Recovery
    • Challenges with Concentration
    • Co-Dependency
    • Depression
    • Eating Disorders/Unmanageable Relationship with Food
    • Grief
    • Self-Esteem
    • Self-Injury
    • Transitional Issues
    • Trauma


    Somatic means “of the body.” Somatic mindfulness means being aware of the sensations in your body.  We hold emotion in our bodies. This is the essence of the mind-body connection: our thoughts and emotions influence the shape, structure and functioning of our bodies, and our bodies reinforce our mental or emotional state. 

    At Mind Body Co-op our working definition of “trauma” is “anything less than nurturing.”  When humans have a distressing experience, the body releases endorphins and has a deep muscular response.  When there is long-standing or repeated trauma, the body’s natural reaction is to “desensitize” itself to the internal  tension.  As a result, many people feel disconnected from their body. 


    Somatic approaches bring greater awareness to body sensations and help the body to “unlock” the stored emotion or trauma.  Somatic Therapy can incorporate mindful movement, gentle stretching and focused awareness to sensation. This promotes a release of deep muscular tension, strengthens the body and allows the body to self-heal.

    Somatic Therapy does not require the re-telling or re-living of the traumatic event.  Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, explore and re-pattern the body’s instinctual fight, flight and freeze responses. This process is approached in a safe and supported way.  Navigating the dance of the nervous system is the key to resilience and healing.


    Somatic Practitioners work collaboratively with the clinical team to offer comprehensive treatment to meet your individual needs.  Our shared goal is to prepare the client to enjoy a healthier, more productive life. 


    Mind Body Co-op meets weekly to incorporate somatic practices into our lives, learnings & philosophies. We are led by Per Erez, C-IAYT, AHSE, Director of Somatic Interventions – whose goal is to assist those he works with in remembering their innate self-agency. Per believes “people themselves ultimately know what they need.” As an educator and advocate, his role is to support people achieve a spacious pause at a neurological, energetic, intellectual, and the most profound level they can conceive. Their innate knowingness will naturally surface with fewer everyday obstacles blocking the path of embodied wisdom.

    Therapies Offered:

    • Somatic Movement
    • Therapeutic Reiki  
    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Chakra Balancing
    • Meditation
      • Visualization
      • Focused Breathwork
    • Therapeutic Mindful Massage
    • Lymphatic Drainage
    • Visceral Manual Therapy
    • Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Bodywork
    • Hanna Somatic Education
    • Intuitive Energy Healing
        • Aura and Chakra Balancing – Ideal for men and women
        • Women’s Healing – helps ground and balance a woman’s energy system
        • Creativity Healing – helps clear blocks in the spirit, vision, expression, and love of your creativity
        • Astral Healing – for the dreamer in all of us
        • Body Systems Healing – helps clear and balance the organ systems: nervous, digestive, circulatory, and musculoskeletal                               

    When clients seek out somatic therapy at Mind Body Co-op, they are not coming to learn how to do Yoga, Meditate or our other offerings. They are seeking physical release of stored emotions and trauma. Our somatic practitioners offer both small-group and private sessions. Here is what to expect:

    Private Sessions:

    • Available in 1-time, 8-week and 12-week configurations
    • 30 minute new client initial intake and consultation with practitioner
    • Modifications and adjustments as necessary
    • Personalized somatic program

    Small Groups:

    • 8 or fewer members per group to create a safe environment
    • No drop-ins
    • 30 minute new client initial intake and consultation with practitioner
    • Modifications and adjustments as necessary
    • New, like-minded and supportive friends


    Please contact our Director of Client Relations who will arrange an initial intake session and discuss individual and group options.


    Take our Somatic Inventory Questionnaire